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a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2012 3:01:25 AM

If you want to oc, then get a 7950 or 7870. They can overclock 20-30% based on what I've read.
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November 4, 2012 3:06:17 AM

I am not a hardcore one, and I want to stick with the cards I have stated, sorry :|
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November 4, 2012 3:27:48 AM

I will look into it, but I have had AMD graphics cards in the past, but it has been a somewhat troublesome experience (then again, nvidia has its issues too)
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a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2012 3:36:47 AM

When did you have the amd? It is very different now, also almost everyone is going to recommend amd as nvidia is overpriced by at least $50 for every high end card.
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November 4, 2012 3:40:47 AM

I completely agree with you, (just like how macs are overpriced), does amd have any actual game enhancements like physx?
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a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2012 3:49:32 AM

they have openGL I think, don't quote me on that though. Also physx is pointless. If you have a 660ti you will want to turn off physx, trust me. It is not worth a 20+ fps hit so more dust kicks up. Physx doesn't add anything to gameplay, I have a physx card, I am currently trying to sell it because I would rather have money.
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a b K Overclocking
November 4, 2012 4:09:48 AM

PhysX isn't Nvidia exclusive.Neither are all the others like FXAA.
They can all be used on AMD cards as well.You just need to enable it in the options.

Ill just leave this link here.
http://www.techspot.com/review/577-borderlands-2-perfor...
And this
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...
And due to their higher bandwidth AMD cards perform better at higher resolutions and/or multiple monitors compared to their Nvidia competitors.
Usually that advantage isn't that big but there are games in which the extra bandwidth really helps.
http://www.techspot.com/review/591-medal-of-honor-warfi...

The 660 Ti is also very overpriced compared to its AMD competitors.The HD 7870 is about as fast as the 660 Ti (+-10) and costs 60 dolars less on avarage.The HD 7950 is faster than the 660 Ti, more overclockable(when overclocked and overvolted becomes faster than a GTX 680), more future proof, features an incredible bundle and can be had for the same price as a 660 Ti.

In my opinion you should buy this card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or this card (listed in benchmarks as HD 7950 Boost)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or, if you aren't going to overclock and want PhysX, the card below.

If you want an Nvidia card this is the only one that you should consider.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2012 4:13:36 AM

The thing is, at this point the 7950 is about as power as a 670 and $70 cheaper. It is also easily oced past the 670 and can get close to 7970 performance.
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November 4, 2012 4:22:59 AM

Thanks you guys so very much, but one question, what do you guys think is a better choice between the ones I have listed
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a b U Graphics card
a b K Overclocking
November 4, 2012 5:01:29 AM

ahvav said:
Thanks you guys so very much, but one question, what do you guys think is a better choice between the ones I have listed


Haha. Back to the original question.

I would buy the 2GB model:
http://www.msi.com/product/vga/N660Ti-PE-2GD5-OC.html

The 3GB you listed:
http://www.msi.com/product/vga/N660Ti-TF-3GD5-OC.html

At most I use 1.5GB (according to MSI Afterburner) on my 2GB model. Most games don't need 3GB. You'd probably get a very small improvement with 3GB. However, according to newegg prices, the 3GB is $40 more at $320 (rebate) and I don't think it's worth it.

You said you want to game on 3 screens. You need 3 screens so your middle is on one screen. With that in mind, if you want to push your GPU then you'll need a better GPU such as 670 or higher for 3 screens.

I recommend 2GB 660ti for 2 screens, but wouldn't suggest gaming on 3 screens with one 660ti.
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November 4, 2012 5:07:09 AM

envy14tpe said:
Haha. Back to the original question.

I would buy the 2GB model:
http://www.msi.com/product/vga/N660Ti-PE-2GD5-OC.html

The 3GB you listed:
http://www.msi.com/product/vga/N660Ti-TF-3GD5-OC.html

At most I use 1.5GB (according to MSI Afterburner) on my 2GB model. Most games don't need 3GB. You'd probably get a very small improvement with 3GB. However, according to newegg prices, the 3GB is $40 more at $320 (rebate) and I don't think it's worth it.

You said you want to game on 3 screens. You need 3 screens so your middle is on one screen. With that in mind, if you want to push your GPU then you'll need a better GPU such as 670 or higher for 3 screens.

I recommend 2GB 660ti for 2 screens, but wouldn't suggest gaming on 3 screens with one 660ti.

I found this one though'

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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November 4, 2012 5:56:55 AM

envy14tpe said:
Haha. Back to the original question.

I would buy the 2GB model:
http://www.msi.com/product/vga/N660Ti-PE-2GD5-OC.html

The 3GB you listed:
http://www.msi.com/product/vga/N660Ti-TF-3GD5-OC.html

At most I use 1.5GB (according to MSI Afterburner) on my 2GB model. Most games don't need 3GB. You'd probably get a very small improvement with 3GB. However, according to newegg prices, the 3GB is $40 more at $320 (rebate) and I don't think it's worth it.

You said you want to game on 3 screens. You need 3 screens so your middle is on one screen. With that in mind, if you want to push your GPU then you'll need a better GPU such as 670 or higher for 3 screens.

I recommend 2GB 660ti for 2 screens, but wouldn't suggest gaming on 3 screens with one 660ti.

I was wondering, if i run another card in sli, is it exactly 2x the performance (acting as one ultra powerfal card), or is it more like 1.75x the performance
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November 4, 2012 5:57:47 AM

envy14tpe said:
Which model is it and how much?
Tigerdirect.com doesn't work outside US. Very weird. Only site that I can't get to work.

it is the 3gb version, and i will put up a screen shot
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a b U Graphics card
a b K Overclocking
November 4, 2012 6:07:33 AM

ahvav said:
I was wondering, if i run another card in sli, is it exactly 2x the performance (acting as one ultra powerfal card), or is it more like 1.75x the performance


I have no experience in using SLI or Crossfire. However, what I've seen on benchmarks is that it's more like 1.85x.
I'm not a fan of using SLI/Crossfire cuz of extra power consumption and micro stuttering. If I wanted a decent 3 monitor system then I'd buy at least a 680 or 7970. That is, if you have demanding games.
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November 4, 2012 6:45:22 AM

Ok, I was just wondering

I am taking snapshots of the website now, give me a few minutes
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a b U Graphics card
a b K Overclocking
November 4, 2012 7:23:24 AM

just FYI. Snipping Tool or "Prt Scr" button are great. Afterwards you can crop in paint. Then upload a photo to imageshack.us From there you copy and paste the "direct link" onto the forum. I'm just saying, cuz this made things easy for me when I post in forums.
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November 4, 2012 7:50:39 AM

envy14tpe said:
just FYI. Snipping Tool or "Prt Scr" button are great. Afterwards you can crop in paint. Then upload a photo to imageshack.us From there you copy and paste the "direct link" onto the forum. I'm just saying, cuz this made things easy for me when I post in forums.

i swear, i was just doing that :pt1cable:  :kaola:  :p 
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a b U Graphics card
a b K Overclocking
November 4, 2012 11:15:46 AM



For $10 more, seems ok, but probably not necessary.

I'd still buy the 2GB 660ti PE OC. The core clock is higher and a slight OC will push it ahead more.
I don't see the point in 3GB cards.
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November 4, 2012 5:23:06 PM

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November 4, 2012 5:25:41 PM

envy14tpe said:
For $10 more, seems ok, but probably not necessary.

I'd still buy the 2GB 660ti PE OC. The core clock is higher and a slight OC will push it ahead more.
I don't see the point in 3GB yards.

Thank you my good man, me decision is final. I would like to thank toms hardware for providing this opportunity,envy14tpe for helping me out, and the other AMD supporters for for actually getting me to look at AMD's website :pt1cable:  :love:  :D 
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a b U Graphics card
a b K Overclocking
November 5, 2012 1:48:54 PM

ahvav said:
Thank you my good man, me decision is final. I would like to thank toms hardware for providing this opportunity,envy14tpe for helping me out, and the other AMD supporters for for actually getting me to look at AMD's website :pt1cable:  :love:  :D 


Glad to help. Tomshardware does have a lot of builders, and I've learned a lot from others. I'd like to hear
how the build went. I enjoyed building mine and like to help noobs (like me, before).

As far as brands, I'm very impartial. I stick to benchmarks and make informed decisions. AMD or NVIDIA is all the same
to me. Although I want AMD to improve and Intel to stutter. This will help keep prices down and push competition.
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